“—I see, so there’s a party for Owner’s kiju!”
Kaori’s eyes lit up upon hearing my story.
“It starts on Saturday afternoon, so I hope you’re fine with that. By the way, I’ll be arriving in the morning to help out.”
“It sounds interesting! Alright, sign me up!”
“Thanks. I wasn’t expecting that, though. I thought you’d say ‘Not interested’ and reject the invitation.”
While surprised by her immediate response, I placed a hand on my chest in relief.
“I mean, it’s that Yagashira Seiji’s kiju party. There’s definitely gonna be lots of amazing people who’ll show up there as guests. Ya only moved here last year, so ya probably don’t know, but Seiji-san regularly appeared on Kansai TV until about two years ago.”
“Really? That’s the first time I heard about that.”
“Ya know of the program ‘Hunt for Heirlooms’, right?”
Hunt for Heirlooms— That was a TV program which displayed appraisals of heirlooms that had been left at home.
It used to be quite a popular show, but since there weren’t that many families with heirlooms, it was cancelled a long time ago.
“Here in Kansai, ‘Hunt for Heirlooms’ is really popular, so they periodically produce a special program like it.”
“Seiji-san occasionally appeared on that special program as an appraiser, so he’s quite a famous person in Kansai.”
“Wow, I didn’t know that.”
Why didn’t anyone tell me about that before? But now I understand why it is that no matter where he goes, people recognize him and exclaim, “It’s that Yagashira Seiji!” That’s the power of television for you.
“Since it’s basically a show targeted at the elderly, I never saw much of it, but Seiji-san always gave off the air of a distinguished, elegant gentleman, and managed to grasp the hearts of the ladies in the audience.”
“The air of a distinguished, elegant gentleman, huh…”
It seemed that Owner feigned morality whenever he appeared on TV.
Even though his hearty, easy-going side would be popular with the viewers, too.
“That’s why some celebrities could appear.”
As Kaori’s eyes shone even brighter, I was taken aback.
What would I do if a celebrity really appears? I’d be so nervous! I was panicking, when Akihito-san’s face appeared in my head.
…Ah, come to think of it, that person’s also a celebrity, huh. He’s also quite the handsome guy, too.
As I had that thought, my tension dissipated.
“I’m so looking forward to it!”
Kaori’s eyes narrowed in excitement, causing me to blink in surprise.
“…Wow, Kaori, I wasn’t expecting you to be such a celebrity chaser.”
And I thought she was cool with that sort of thing.
“What are ya talkin’ about? People in Kyoto are all quite the celebrity chasers.”
“Yup, although lots of people make sure it doesn’t show. By the way, we also love new fads, bread, Western cuisine and ramen!”
“Come to think of it, there are indeed plenty of bakeries and ramen shops.”
The two of us looked at each other and laughed.
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